Thanksgiving weekend in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area was a mess. With a shooting, two stabbings, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger run down while trying to make an arrest and other violence, it is obvious action needed to be taken. It appears action will be taken, thank goodness.
One problem during Thanksgiving was there was not enough law enforcement to handle the estimated 190,000 people crowded into the dunes. Still, a lack of law enforcement has nothing to do with people bringing weapons and hard drugs to the dunes. We cannot see a reason for weapons and drugs in an area meant to be a family recreation spot.
We have heard from people who think we are focusing too much on the violence and not enough on those who go to the dunes for no other reason than to have a good time with family and friends.